09 Mar U.S. Judge Puts Healthcare Law Ruling On Hold
ImagingBiz.com | Senior Federal District Judge Roger Vinson has put on hold his ruling that the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional pending appeal. The move enables the White House to continue implementing reforms aimed at lowering spiraling healthcare costs. At the same time, however, Vinson ordered the Obama administration to seek an expedited appellate review of a ruling he handed down on January 31, in favor of arguments by 26 states that requiring Americans to buy health insurance starting in 2014 or pay a penalty was unconstitutional.
The administration, which must comply with Vinson’s order by the end of this week, has previously indicated it would appeal the Florida judge’s ruling and continue to implement the law, whose includes provisions permit young adults to remain on their parents’ healthcare insurance and prevents insurers from denying coverage for pre-existing medical conditions. Vinson and a federal judge in Virginia have ruled against the law, but judges in several other states have dismissed challenges.
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